So I’ve provided a few tips to help you as you look for a summer internship.
1. Make an appointment with Career Services
The first stop on finding an internship should be stopping by Career Services. A lot of companies will actually post different internships with schools career services departments, so this is a good place to start. Also, if you’re unsure of what type of internship you should be applying for, making an appointment with a career counselor will help you determine where to focus your search. You’ll also be able to review your resume with the career counselor as well as go over any interview questions you have or if you’re short on time you can try my app “getthejob"! My app was designed specifically for the jobseeker who wants to prepare for their next job or internship but just doesn’t have the time. Also I forgot to share the best part…. It’s FREE!
Also, my recommendation is to not wait until your junior year to start interning. That’s one mistake I made as I didn’t take advantage of the different opportunities to intern until it was actually required for a credit.
2. Does your network know your looking?
It doesn’t matter if you’re in college or looking for your first full-time job after graduation you should always let your network know you’re looking for work. So who makes up your network? You network can be friends, family, professors ect… The more people that know you’re looking the more you increase your chances of finding a new opportunity. There are many studies that have shown that over 50% of all jobs are filled via networking. Don’t underestimate the power of networking!
3. Research opportunities online and on different job boards
For every internship I had I actually find the jobs online and applied. This is not to say that you shouldn’t do steps 1 and 2 but don’t forget about this step. If there’s a specific company you would like to intern with, check their website often and inform your career counselor as well as your network. You can also setup job alerts on different company’s websites so you will be notified when an opportunity matches your profile. There are a lot of websites that are specific to internships and Career Services will be able to help with providing a list of current sites for your major or industry of choice.
So remember completing steps 1-3 is a good way to find and land your next internship!
Are there any additional steps you’ve used besides the 3 listed above?